Structures may be added to historic district

BEVERLY – Beverly residents got a first look Tuesday at information contained in a proposed update that would almost double the amount of recognized historic buildings within the Beverly Historic District.

The Beverly Historic Landmarks Commission sponsored the special meeting, conducted by Courtney Zimmerman, a surveyor from Aurora Research Associates.

Zimmerman presented her findings to those in attendance at the Beverly Heritage Center, and fielded questions and provided information about specific properties. The residents in attendance also provided some feedback about the various properties in the area.

Zimmerman has conducted a survey which updated information on the historic properties of Beverly, and in the process updated the “period of significance” for Beverly to extend from 1768 to 1942.

When the district was originally surveyed in 1980, it contained 45 historic buildings. This year Zimmerman found 43 contributing buildings remaining, one non-contributing and four buildings that were demolished.

She also found 39 resources that were not previously documented in the original 1980 survey, seven of which were contributing buildings, and 32 of which were non-contributing buildings.

Zimmerman is trying to extend the district to include 63 resources within the new proposed boundary, 33 of which are contributing buildings and 29 non-contributing buildings. The grand total of resources included if the proposed resources are approved would be 82 contributing and 63 non-contributing


“The Beverly Historic District was one of the earliest districts designated in West Virginia,” said Phyllis Baxter, president of the Beverly Historic Landmarks Commission. “The goal of this project is to update that nomination to include additional information and research, and to include more 20th century buildings that we now consider historic.”

The draft of the updated survey is due later this month, and once reviewed, Zimmerman will present it to the State Archives Commission in Fairmont in January where they will vote to approve it.

This project was funded through a survey and planning grant from the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

To see the draft of the updated survey, go to For more information on the Beverly Heritage Center, call the Beverly Heritage Center at 304-637-7424, or send an email to

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